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Stewartville MN Newborn Baby Photographer

I love sweet little newborn baby photos.  Babies are only this small for the shortest period of time.  It’s important to capture their little details so you can remember them forever <3  Scarlett and her family visited my studio to document her newborn stage and these turned out to be some of my most favorite images yet!  Matching your home decor is important.  We went with warm neutral tones so her parents will be able to display these images in any room of the house.  Also, Anna was raised with horses and still shows today so we wanted to incorporate her equestrian love into her session.  These saddle pictures turned out perfectly and Scarlett slept like an angel.  Delicate.  Timeless.  Innocent.  

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Stewartville Senior Elite Portrait Experience

Carissa was the lucky winner of the Elite Portrait Session from the POGS donation.  I love supporting our seniors so it is something I have donated to since 2015 as a way to fundraise for the senior post-graduation party.  The lucky guy or girl gets treated to an awesome Elite portrait experience.  Multiple sessions, multiple locations, even multiple seasons. The Elite session is really the best option for anyone looking to document their full senior year and capture all that is important to them.

First, we started planning Carissa’s Elite session with a consultation.  She had the opportunity to try on all of her outfits, discuss hair and makeup and plan out the locations.  Planning helps to make her senior portraits the best representation of what is important to her.

On session day, we started with a ring light studio session to capture a studio head shot.  It’s the best way to capture your hair and makeup before you are out in the elements.  Next stop for her Elite session, my favorite field of gorgeous white flowers.  I love how they are always in bloom during senior portrait time.

Carissa also wanted to have senior portraits in downtown Rochester, MN.  We started out in a private garden with the most beautiful flowers in full bloom.  Then stopped in the Gonda Building of Mayo Clinic with the gorgeous Chihuly Sculptures as a back drop.  We even capitalized on the impressive architecture of the outside building before taking her Elite session over to Historic Third.

Carissa definitely wanted to capture the ambiance with the lights strung across the sidewalk and the cute sitting areas outside the businesses like the Half Barrel, Tap House and Grand Rounds.  It’s hard not to feel like a model when you have an audience of patrons watching your session and complimenting how great you look!

We even got to capture her love for volleyball with an urban sportrait session.  No gym required 🙂

The Elite session offers us the flexibility with multiple dates so for our second session we were able to bring along Carissa’s cute little dog to one of my favorite Stewartville locations.  It also gave her the opportunity to have a completely different look with straight hair and more casual outfits.

To cap off the evening, we had a awesome sky for some images of her with her golf clubs.  Of course, I love being able to work in a great silhouette into all of my sessions!

So much variety and so many different looks.  Carissa, you killed it <3
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Nicole Mathison Photography specializes in custom portraiture of newborns and high school seniors in Stewartville, MN and surrounding areas including, but not limited to, Rochester, Byron, Spring Valley, Kasson, Chatfield, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.

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Byron High School Senior | Rochester MN Urban and Scenic Portraits

Brianna is a stunning senior from Byron High School.  She wanted to hit up the urban scene in Rochester, as well as some awesome country scenic spots.  We hit the mark for sure!  Brianna invested in professional hair and makeup for her senior pics.  Thanks to Katie Kirkof from Glam Beauty Lounge for bringing our her inner beauty and confidence!  Professional hair and make up is a great way to give yourself a polished look for your photos.

We ventured through some typical downtown hot spots, but we definitely wanted images that would stand out from the other senior pics.  I added an edgy twist to our images in a very popular alley to keep her session unique.

We also wanted some head shots that captured her gorgeous hair and makeup.  It was so natural and highlighted her best features!  We swung by my home studio for a little fun with my ring light and some colored gels.  I love how these portraits turned out.

Brianna also wanted photos on a road in the country.  Of course, safety is priority number one!  We had spotters and help to capture her independent, fun-loving personality!  Finally, we headed to one of my favorite secret locations at golden hour to cap off her senior portrait session with the most gorgeous evening light and sunset.  Thanks Brianna for another great session <3
Nicole Mathison Photography specializes in custom portraiture of newborns and high school seniors in Stewartville, MN and surrounding areas including, but not limited to, Rochester, Byron, Spring Valley, Kasson, Chatfield, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.

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Pine Island MN Fall Senior Photos | Cheerleader and Bow Hunter

Adrianna, from Pine Island High School, met me in my home studio in Stewartville for her Senior VIP Portrait Session.  VIP sessions are great for anyone that wants a variety of images and would like to take all of their photos in one day.

Adrianna is a perfect mix of girly girl and tom boy as she loves both cheerleading and hunting with her dad and brothers.  We wanted to make sure that we were able to capture everything that made her high school experience unique and maximize our time by selecting a variety of locations without driving all over.  We were able to get all of these images and 8 different outfits within a five minute drive and just a few hours time!

We started with studio images for mom.  These are perfect for someone looking for a more traditional headshot.  With that said, we can definitely accomplish some cool things in studio and play around with smoke, ring lights and gels if traditional is not your jam 🙂

Next, off to my favorite outdoor blue wall.  I love the pop of color and it’s a nice option for a different look when shooting outdoors.  Photographers are always able to find obscure locations and make transform them into something you wouldn’t expect.

Our final spot was off to the river with a short hike to my favorite hidden spot to get seniors down in the water.  It doesn’t matter the season, the backdrop and lighting is always great!  My senior clients are usually pretty go-with-the-flow and Adrianna was no exception.  She had no problem rolling up her jeans and getting right in the water 🙂  The rest of the images were taken in a very recognizable location in town, but you would never know by looking at them, which puts Adrianna as the center of attention.

Finally, we wrapped up our session at sunset with her hunting bow.  Since hunting is an important part of her family, we wanted to commemorate that with some images that even dad would love!  Her mom quickly decided that the hunting image with Adrianna looking through the sight of her bow is something that she definitely wants to replicate for her two younger children so they can add those portraits to the wall in their home with their other hunting trophies.  Something cool that is unique to their family and that all siblings have in common!  I wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous fall sky and capture a cool hunting silhouette for Adrianna as incorporating silhouettes is a personal favorite of mine.  I cannot wait to see this family again for future senior sessions!
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Nicole Mathison Photography specializes in custom portraiture of newborns and high school seniors in Stewartville, MN and surrounding areas including, but not limited to, Rochester, Byron, Spring Valley, Kasson, Chatfield, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.

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Urban Senior Portraits in Rochester MN

Urban senior photo sessions are one of the most popular requests we get as senior photographers.  We are lucky that Rochester has so many great urban spots to use as backdrops 🙂   Downtown Rochester was the request for Mayo High School Senior, Sam.

I am always thrilled when families come back to me for a second time or more for senior photos.  I had the pleasure of photographing Sam’s older brother Phillip last year.  You can check out some of his urban session HERE.  I always mix it up when shooting multiple family members so their sessions aren’t a carbon copy.  With that in mind, we took advantage of some of the areas north of the Peace Plaza for our session.

In addition to our urban alley scenes, Sam wanted to get some unique swimming photos as he competes for Mayo High School.  We had plans to do some images at a pool as well, but he was totally on board for Swimming Urban Sportraits as part of his session.  I love the edgy feel of these and Sam definitely looks like someone you would not want to battle against in the pool!

Sam had four different looks planned for his photos.  With all the great urban scenes, we were able to find the perfect spots to coordinate with each outfit.  And of course, who doesn’t love sliding down a railing 🙂  We had fun on our session and even drew spectators at each spot.

I love the industrial feel of our final location for Sam’s senior photos.  This building has gorgeous lines and the reflections in the windows gave a super cool aesthetic to our urban images.  You can tell how athletic Sam is and he was totally up for climbing poles, running and jumping around.  I mean why have stagnant senior photos when you can have fun playing around!!  We even nailed some awesome urban silhouettes at the end of his senior pics 🙂  If Sam didn’t go home tired, I would be surprised!  Thanks for another great evening in front of my lens Sam!
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Nicole Mathison Photography specializes in custom portraiture of newborns and high school seniors in Stewartville, MN and surrounding areas including, but not limited to, Rochester, Byron, Spring Valley, Kasson, Chatfield, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.

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